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Week of May 14

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon," wrote Alexander Pope. Most of us have been guilty of that sin: jumping to conclusions so quickly that we don't bother to keep listening for the full revelation. My sense is that this behavior has become even more common in recent years because we're inundated by fragments of slapdash information mixed with blips of superficial analysis and echoed hearsay. But please avoid falling prey to the syndrome in the coming week, Aries. More than ever before, you need to gather raw data thoroughly, weigh the evidence with great deliberation and come to careful understandings.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "The people of future generations will win many a liberty of which we do not yet even feel the want," said German philosopher Max Stirner. That bracing prediction has special meaning for you right now, Taurus. According to my astrological analysis, you are just becoming aware of freedoms that have not previously been on your radar screen. And as soon as you register the full impact of what they entail and how much fun they would be, you'll be wildly motivated to bring them into your life.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I'm providing you with three metaphorical brainteasers. I hope they will help you work your chutzpah back into shape now that you're on the road to recovery. 1. Was your fright attack provoked by a venomous snake or by a garden hose that resembled a venomous snake? 2. After your pratfall, when you heard one hand clapping, did you regard it as an unforgivable insult or a humorous teaching? 3. When your healing crisis finally climaxed in a cure, was the catalyst a placebo or real medicine? Please answer these riddles even if you've already begun to feel fine again. It'll help ensure that the healing will last a long time.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The joke goes like this: "Why is a math book so sad? Because it has so many problems." But of course that's a distortion of the truth. In fact, the math book loves its problems. Its problems are its reason for being. Besides that, all of its problems are interesting challenges, not frustrating curses. Best of all, every problem has a definite answer, and all the answers are provided in the back of the book. Now here's the most excellent news of all, Cancerian: I think you'll be like a math book in the coming weeks.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): "Dear Rob Brezsny: I really didn't like a recent horoscope you wrote for me. I'm a Leo, and although your oracle was sort of true, I didn't want it to be true, and furthermore I didn't want to lend my belief energy to help make it true. So I went hunting among the other signs, hoping to find a different horoscope that appealed more to the healthiest aspect of my fantasy life. I settled on the 'scope for Cancer, as it piqued my interest with just the right hopeful twist, and provided a highly motivating kick in the butt. Thanks! - Picky Choosy." Dear Picky Choosy: I approve of your efforts. These days I would love all of my Leo readers to be as imperious as you've been in gathering only the influences you want, and shedding the rest.

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